Best New Music: Willow Smith, Billie Eilish, DJ Khaled, Julia Michaels + More

Here’s our picks of the best new music from last week. Watch music videos, get more info on the artists and their new music, and listen to full albums below.

Billie Eilish – Your Power

“Your Power” comes as a teaser for Billie Eilish’s upcoming album, Happier Than Ever. Eilish posted a short video clip with a snippet of a song with the same title of the album, “Happier Than Ever”on Instagram. The song and the video give a very old hollywood feel as well as the cover for the album which Eilish also shared on her Instagram. You can see the IG posts below. The album is set to release July 30th. Happier Than Ever’s tracklist also includes previously released singles, “my future” and “Therefore I Am”. You can pre-add the 16 track album on Apple Music.

WILLOW – transparent soul ft. Travis Barker

THIS IS EVERYTHING! We are so here for WILLOW the rockstar! But the punk rock emo sound isn’t new, Willow Smith is in an alternative/rock band called THE ANXIETY with Tyler Cole. The duo released their debut album March of 2020. This new single “transparent soul” featuring Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker is just a continuation of what she’s already been doing but it seems like the rockstar duo didn’t receive much attention. Now, we’re hearing the punk rock vibes from her as a solo artist which is different than her previous solo sound and image. But, fans are here for it, saying how proud they are that Smith is being herself. Now, Willow has everyone on their toes waiting to hear her upcoming album.

DJ Khaled – Khaled Khaled

DJ Khaled is back with anotha one! Khaled Khaled comes after his 2019 LP Father of Ashad. This 14 track LP features a long list of superstars such as Nas, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Drake, Cardi B, H.E.R., P. Diddy, Megan Thee Stallion, and many more. Watch the music video to “SORRY NOT SORRY” featuring Nas, Jay-Z, James Fauntleroy, and Harmonies by The Hive (as in Beyoncé!?). You can also listen to the full album below.

Julia Michaels – Not In Chronological Order

Julia Michaels is known as the woman with the pen behind hits for artists such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Britney Spears but she’s not just a songwriter for others, she’s a songwriter for herself too. Michaels has had her own set of EPs and singles but now, she’s released her debut album, Not In Chronological Order. This album takes us through the highs and lows of love in the most relatable way. Listen to Not In Chronological Order below and watch the visual for “All Your Exes”.

Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music – Old Church Basement

This Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music collaboration, Old Church Basement is a 13 track live album that was made to touch hearts in the midst of praise and worship. Watch their performance of “Jireh”, a single that was released in March. Listen to the full album below.

Maeta – Habits

If you’ve never heard of Maeta, you’re welcome! She’s a Roc Nation signee from Indianapolis that started releasing music in 2019. Now, she has released a 7 track EP Habits that features well-known artists Buddy, Levan Kali, KAYTRANADA, BEAM, Mustard and Skrillex. You’ll want to add her to your playlist after you hear this.

girl in red – if i could make it go quiet

On TikTok, the question “do you listen to girl in red?” became a code amongst the LGBTQ community (iykyk). Who is girl in red? Well, she’s 22 year old singer/songwriter, Marie Ulven. Ulven was noticed on the internet in 2018 when she uploaded a song she wrote about being in love with her straight friend, the love was unrequited thus came an internet sensation, “i wanna be your girlfriend”. Her debut full-length album if i could make it go quiet is co-produced by Ulven and Matias Tellez except for on one song that is produced by Billie Eilish’s older brother Finneas. Watch the music video for the standout track “Serotonin” and listen to the album below.

Mereba – Rider

Finally! I’ve been waiting for some new Mereba and here it is. “Rider” is Mereba’s first single of 2021 and she did not disappoint. As always, Mereba gives a melodic feel good vibe. Hoping this is a preview to an album coming this year.

Chan LaRue – Mai Tai

Chan LaRue is a new artist based put of Atlanta to look out for. With her new single “Mai Tai”, LaRue’s upcoming project is sure to be the perfect summer playlist. Get your drinks by the pool ready!

Other favs from the week:

Flying Lotus – Yasuke

Shelley FKA DRAM – Shelley FKA DRAM

Amy Shark – Cry Forever

Baby Keem ft. Travis Scott – durag activity

Burna Boy – Kilometre

Justine Skye ft. Rema – Twisted Fantasy

MGK ft. Kellin Quinn – love race

Kid LAROI ft. Miley Cyrus – WITHOUT YOU

Everything GOOD

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